A major emphasis is usually placed on working with the family group or ‘system’ rather than with individuals. Special attention is drawn to patterns of interpersonal interaction that might support healing and wellness. The initial task is to define the nature of the presenting concern and clarify how it is embedded in the family system. Thus, all members of the household are usually asked to attend the first interview and each member is encouraged to share his or her view of the problem, as well as his or her ideas about possible solutions. After therapy is started interviews may continue with the whole family or may be arranged for parts of the family system. On average, families in the regular track attend 5 to 8 sessions of about 1.5 hours duration. The time interval between sessions typically varies from one to four weeks.
When the pandemic arrived in Calgary in March 2020, the Centre shifted its means of service delivery entirely from face-to-face meetings (on site) to Internet-based virtual meetings (by telephone or Zoom). In July 2020 a limited number of face-to-face meetings resumed on Fridays with careful COVID precautions in place (click here to see Guidelines). However, the vast majority of therapeutic interviews continue to take place via Zoom. After booking an appointment the therapist sends the family one or more confidential Zoom links to connect online (click here to see Consent).
The Centre now offers 2 alternative streams of family therapy services: a regular track and a limited fast track. We will invite you and your family to help us determine the best alternative for your family. After having called our office requesting services, you will receive an intake call from one of our staff clinicians, who will ask about your current concerns, and will assist you in choosing one of these two tracks.